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Pinhoti - Mack White Gap to Narrows

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A great secluded run exploring the northern part of Taylor Ridge.


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9.4

Miles

15.1

KM

93%

Runnable

1,600' 488 m

High

960' 293 m

Low

1,091' 332 m

Up

1,136' 346 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Description

This is another segment of the long-distance Pinhoti Trail, an epic multiuse trail across northwest Georgia. This segment mostly runs along, and for a portion along the ridgeline, of Taylor Ridge. At the south end is a relatively large parking area at US 27 at Mack White Gap. At the north end there is a small parking area at the Narrows picnic area. As a multi-use trail, it's used by day-hikers, through-hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, and collectively maintained by NWGA SORBA, the GPTA, and the BCHNWGA. The trail surface is not too technical. There is some exposure to sharp dropoffs on the descent to the bottom point, approached from either north or south.

After crossing the road, it's about 0.6 miles of singletrack up the ridge. Then the trail meets and joins a forest service road for about 2.4 miles, the first part of which is standard forest service road fare, the second half has a little more abandoned road feel to it. There is about a half-mile down and a half-mile up from a hollow in the ridge, where there is a minor stream crossing.

After the climb back out from this, there is about a mile of more abandoned dirt road, then a return to true singletrack. This goes on for about 2 miles gradual uphill, the second mile of which is along the crest of the ridge itself, with nice views of the valley to either side during winter. After hitting the highest point at about mile 7, there is a descent down about 3/4 mile to old gravel road, which goes for about 1/4 mile, then hits another gravel road and turns right. After another 1/2 mile distance, great singletrack again breaks off to the left for about a mile for the final descent to the small parking area at the Narrows picnic area (no tables oddly enough).

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Typical visual along the ridgeline.
Aug 22, 2017 near Trion, GA
Stream crossing at the lowest point of the trail.
Aug 22, 2017 near Trion, GA
Forest Service road looking north.
Aug 22, 2017 near Trion, GA

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